Google expands Seattle-area footprint with huge office lease at new Kirkland Urban development

Google now owns 400,000 square feet of office space at the new Kirkland Urban mixed use development in the Seattle region. (Ryan Properties Photos)

Google is continuing its big growth across the Seattle region.

The tech giant confirmed that it completed its purchase of about 400,000 square feet of office space across two buildings (North and Central) at the new Kirkland Urban development east of downtown Seattle. The company bought the site, which includes retail space and a public parking garage, from Talon Private Capital, Ryan Cos., and PGIM.

“This new campus will provide room for future growth and further cements our commitment to the Kirkland community. We’re proud to call this city home and will continue to support its growing economy,” Eric Young, Google Washington Site Lead, said in a statement.

The Puget Sound Business Journal first reported the news Monday.

Google had been rumored to take a huge chunk of the mixed use development. Employees are expected to start moving in next year when the first building is completed.

Kirkland Urban has already attracted Seattle-based Tableau Software, which signed a lease for 92,000 square feet on three floors of Urban North. Virtual golf center Topgolf and popular burger chain Shake Shack are also tenants.

Google already has a huge separate campus in Kirkland, the Seattle suburb where it first set up shop more than 15 years ago.

Since then, Google has grown to nearly 2 million square feet of office space spread across several cities in the area, including a new Google Cloud campus in Amazon’s backyard of South Lake Union in Seattle that will open this month.

Google has more than 4,500 employees total in the region working on everything from Android technology to cloud computing. There are nearly 150 open jobs based in the Seattle area.

It’s not the only Silicon Valley tech company investing heavily in Seattle, which has the best tech talent pool in North America, according to CBRE’s annual Scoring Tech Talent report.

Facebook just opened its 18th Seattle-area office last week — also in Amazon’s backyard — and now employs more than 5,000 people across the region.

There are now more than 130 companies from around the globe that have set up engineering outposts in and around Seattle.

Amazon, meanwhile, said it recently surpassed 50,000 employees in Seattle, passing Microsoft as the biggest Big Tech employer in the Seattle region. Amazon also has big growth plans in Bellevue, Wash., a city neighboring Seattle and just south of Kirkland.

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